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WordPress dirty little save_post secrets

FYI => The WordPress action save_post isn’t quite what the WP codex makes it out to be. Or at least that’s my current perception. Let me explain…

http://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/Action_Reference

http://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/Action_Reference/save_post

The first thing worth noting is that the WordPress action save_post fires more than once. That is, the function you call with add_action(‘save_post’, ‘my_function’) is going to fire more than a single time. Yup. Fo’ real. So if you’re using save_post and expecting something to happen once and only once (as I originally expected in this case) you’ll have to add a snippet of to stop after the first cycle. I’ve used save_post before and for some reason this quirk was never an issue, except this time.

OK, not so bad. I found someone else’s snippet and tuned it up for the WP ezClasses library. No biggie.

But here’s where things get a bit too wonky for my tastes. The Action Reference page in the codex specifically says:

“Runs after the data is saved to the database.”

Best I can tell, that’s not true. It fires once before the DB save and then again after. The point being, the snippet I have in place to stop after one save cycle is not seeing the updated post data. Right. Exactly. WTF?!?!

I’ll update the save once snippet to skip Save #1 and use Save #2 but I’m a bit bothered by how something so obvious and important has gone unrevised in the WP codex.

Perhaps it’s just me. Is it just me?

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